Rato Machhendranath Festival

Religious in Patan

Patan’s most dramatic festival takes place in April/May and is celebrated by both Buddhists and Hindus.

Buddhists regard Rato (Red) Machhendranath as an incarnation of Avalokiteshvara, while Hindus see him as an incarnation of Shiva. The image of Machhendranath is carried, upon an immense chariot, from the Rato Machhendranath Temple to nearby Jawalakhel during the spectacular festival.